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Electoral College Vote, 1824

This record shows that Andrew Jackson with 99 of 261 electoral college votes received the most votes but not the majority required to elect him President. A look at the electoral college vote tally reveals the political divisions between the Northeast, West, and South.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Electoral College Vote, 1824

The House Elects a President, 1825

If no candidate wins a majority in the electoral college, the Constitution specifies that the House of Representatives selects a president from among the top three candidates.

In 1825, no candidate won a majority. Senator Andrew Jackson of Tennessee received the most votes, followed by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams of Massachusetts and Treasury Secretary William Crawford of Georgia. House Speaker Henry Clay of Kentucky, who finished last, threw his support behind Adams. The House followed Clay's lead. But when the victorious Adams named Clay as Secretary of State (a traditional stepping-stone to the White House), Jackson supporters accused the two of a "corrupt bargain." Four years later, that slogan helped Jackson defeat Adams—with a clear majority.